Hello! My name is Ben Sasso and I am a photographer and educator based in LA. I am also a huge believer in fostering a stronger photo community so let’s share a virtual high-five and move forward together!
Like most photographers, I started out basic. Basic and cheap. My first year (as a hobby) found me shooting with Canon Rebel (film) and a kit lens. Since then I have upgraded to a pair of Canon 5d Mark III ‘s (I have two so I don’t have to waste time switching lenses on set or at weddings), and a few lenses that I would feel lost without. Find my full list below!
Case: Pelican 1514 Case – Crush proof, waterproof, carry on size, and fits everything I need!
Bodies: 2 Canon 5D Mark III ‘s
Lenses: Canon 20mm f/2.8 – This one has been in my case for a bit but it will see the sunlight when I need to create an image with a bit more dynamic energy.
Canon 35mm f/1.4L – I LOVE this lens. I shoot just about 70% of my wedding and lifestyle work with this. It allows me to create energetic candid images without the over distorted look that I might get with a wider lens.
Canon 50mm f/1.2L – This is my go to lens for intimate and peaceful portraits because it doesn’t create any dynamic angles like my 20mm or 35mm L, and it creates a beautiful separation between my subject and everything else in the frame.
Canon 85mm f/1.2L II – At most weddings, I have my Canon 35mm f/1.4L on one camera and this lens on the other. Those two focal lengths get me through almost anything I have to cover on a wedding day.
Canon 200mm f/2.8L – This lens spends most of its time in the case but I bring it out every now and then for larger weddings or video work.
Straps: HoldFast MoneyMaker – This thing is a lifesaver. It carries my two cameras and doesn’t leave my back in pieces when I get home.
Flashes: 2 Canon 430EX ‘s
Nexto DI 500GB Hard Drive – This copies all of my memory cards and and goes in my pocket before I leave a set or a wedding. I’m a crazy person when it comes to backing up my work and this little device makes that crazy side feel a bit more comfortable.
LowePro memory card case – Carries my cards on my belt.
Ellie the cat – She is training to be my assistant but typically stays home to make sure that the house stays safe while I’m gone.
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